Posted: Feb 27, 2013 5:16 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Feb 28, 2013 11:07 AM
HELENA - The woman who spurred a national search after disappearing in December and turning up in California, appeared in a Helena court on Wednesday on charges to revoke a previous sentence.
Angelica Melody Gray, 22, was asked by Judge Mike Menahan whether she admitted or denied the alleged violations of her deferred sentence.
"For purposes of today's hearing, this is an admit or deny, do you admit or deny?"
Gray replied with a smile, "I deny it."
Gray's attorney Andy Breuner told the judge he hoped to resolve the issue without another hearing.
However, the Lewis & Clark County Attorney's office is working on adding more counts to Gray's charges for allegedly leaving her children last December. Gray, who was staying at the YWCA, was reported missing, but later found in California.
Gray faces up to five years on each count of her deferred sentence if she's found guilty. Another hearing is scheduled in two weeks.
Gray was previously given a deferred sentence for two counts of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs. One of those was for psilocybin mushrooms, the other for marijuana.
In the petition to revoke, Gray could face up to five years in prison for each count.
The Lewis & Clark County Attorney's office is still deciding what charges to file against Gray for leaving her children alone at the YWCA in December when she was reported missing; her disappearance sparked a large search by several law enforcement agencies.
Gray remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.